REWARD  ©2020 by Alice Walker

I rarely read reviews, but The Water Dancer, by Ta- Nehisi Coates, moved me so deeply and seemed so extraordinary I was curious about what reviewers might say.  I have now read a few reviewers’ notions, and it is just as I thought: they are on another planet. This is a great novel, even a world… Continue reading


The Sustaining Dignity of the Modest.     Photo by Alice Walker 2019



An offering to:


JANUARY 19, 2017

Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker


1.  Turn up the KINDNESS volume to everyone you know; and some you don’t know.

Kindness … Continue reading

Reprint: We Were Made For These Times, Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Clarissa Pinkola Estes, one of the greatest teachers our planet has offered. Thank you, Sister. ~AW


My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our… Continue reading

Alice and Lynd Staughton standing next to one another


©2019 by Staughton and Alice Lynd


Measured by numbers
We have lived 89 and 90 years.
Strangers ask us,
“How long have you two
Been married?”  And we answer,
“68 years.”
Gardeners have their own way
To sum things up.
Watching, touching, sniffing
They can tell
A sturdy plant with deep roots
And lovely leaves.
Each of… Continue reading

Día de Acción de Gracias Por llegar: Pensamientos sobre los libros que siguen

Book cover title On Earth Cover Online Final A Novel Ocean Vuong


Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful for Artists; I Am Thankful for Books

©by Alice Walker 2019  November 28, 2019
Because Life doesn’t… Continue reading

With Kaola bear. The outback. Australia. 1990s

Photo by Jean Weisinger


Australia Fire Koala Bear – WP article 2019-11-15

Kaola Bear, Beloved

© 2019 by Alice Walker


None of this is your fault,
You are blameless;

Like all  creatures

entirely native to this earth.

You are warm.  You love to hug.
In your eyes there is wonder

and peace.

There are… Continue reading

En Cuba: Familia: Manuel y Madai.

Manuel and Madai 2019
In Cuba

©2019 by Alice Walker
In Cuba
These are the people
You wish to hurt.
I believe there is a penalty
For harming those
Who are good.
This grandfather,
Smiling with joy;
This granddaughter
Oblivious of danger
Happy to have arrived
In his arms.

This is a good man.
Holding a delightful human… Continue reading

Cowgirl Filibuster


Couplets for heroic Texas women

June 26, 2013


Word got out about the bad bill.

College students packed up their bikinis,


went back to Austin to tell those men why

women need abortions. Seven hundred


were already there. Story after story

for the record: citizen filibuster.


Three a.m. The Speaker tells the crowd

he’s heard it all… Continue reading

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Thoughts On Our Sorrow:  Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin
© 2013 by Alice Walker

I deliberately watched none of the Zimmerman trial, just as I have deliberately not read a draft of a new book by Jen Marlowe, soon to be published:  I Am Troy Davis, about a young black man in Georgia who was by all indications innocent of any crime… Continue reading


Recently I’ve taken a few knocks for my liking of David Icke. Well, I can’t help liking him, he’s got cojones for days. Seen many of those lately not backed up by missiles and tanks? Actually and happily, yes, as more silenced people speak and folks on their knees rise, but he’s still special.* Anyway, last night it occurred to me what it is… Continue reading

In Case You’ve Ever Wondered How It Is Done: Censorship by Purse String

An Invitation to speak at the 50th Anniversary for the Center for Education of Women at the University of Michigan has been withdrawn

I’m saddened to write this because I’m a proponent of free speech and have been brought up to allow everyone to have their say. But I also realize that… Continue reading

Alice carrying a sculpture of pregnant African women in a circle, dancing.

Necks of Clay
©2013 by Alice Walker

Someone said to me:

Oh, stop that!  He has feet

of clay.

This person’s clay

went to the neck.

Can we listen to imperfect


I’ve always preferred them


Does this make us mad?

Can we hear our own

small voices

muffled by

the… Continue reading

Martin Luther King



© 2013 by Alice Walker

For Chelsea Manning

Later we would miss you

so much.

But on that day

we had you with us

& we were so

with you.

Your happiness,

of a man

knowing he was

on his way

to glory

to being shot down;

a man beaming

with triumph

to see us

the advancing… Continue reading


The Butler Did It

©2013 by Alice walker


Lee Daniels’ The Butler was received in my neighborhood by a packed house, all colors and kinds, almost all of them, at different points, talking back at the screen in some fashion.  At the end, there was a rousing, heartfelt offering of applause.   The enthusiasm is well deserved because the acting, everyone’s… Continue reading

The Magic of Women

Dear Sisters at the University of Michigan,

I accept your invitation to visit with you in the coming year: I believe we have all learned something from our efforts to reach out to one another, and I believe also that – if solar flares or deeply unintelligent wars haven’t carried us off – it will be a good time.

It so happened that during the… Continue reading

Inner Landscape

©2013 by Alice Walker

For S and C


We have not seen each other

in over a decade; 

your son is very tall, you say,

your daughter, learning

to ride horses.

Later, savoring our chance meeting

in the local ice cream store

I look about the land

and see evidence of your helpfulness


the big sister

Sycamore tree

the one… Continue reading


A talk given on Founders’ Day, April 11, 1987, at Spelman College in Atlanta. 

From Living By The Word: Selected Writings 1973-1987 by Alice Walker.

As some of you no doubt know, I myself was a student here once, many moons ago. I used to sit in these very seats (sometimes still in… Continue reading

Neurologist Warns of Neurodegenerative Disease Surge Due to Chemtrail Spraying

Christina Sarich, News Analysis: Any skeptic will conscientiously question the doom and gloom scenarios being touted by the anti-geoengineering groups. Geoengineering Watch,, and Infowars, for example, prolifically liter the Internet with environmental and health concerns which reach both global and epic proportions. Skeptics often include people from the medical profession, scientists and, of… Continue reading

Thanking the Goddess for Noam Chomsky: This is what an Elder looks like.

Part 2  Noam Chomsky on 9/11,
Syria’s “Bloody Partition” and Why U.S. Role Ensures Failure of Mideast Talks

Part 3 Noam Chomsky
U.S. Has Been “Torturing” Iran for 60 Years, Since 1953 CIA-Led Coup

Who the Annunaki Saw?
©2013 by Alice Walker 

Tiny Mother,
I knew you had to exist
behind all the lies
about you.
I knew you would live
somewhere fresh
with the sun dancing 
with your earth colored skin.
I knew you would adorn yourself
with whatever struck your fancy.
That it would feel natural
for you
to be part of the… Continue reading

We Alone: from Her Blue Body Everything We Know:  Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete  © 1991 by Alice Walker

We alone

can devalue gold

by not caring 
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain 
is gold
so much the worse
for you.
Feathers, shells,
and… Continue reading

 Sundus Shaker Saleh and her children

 Hope Is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear

for Sundus Shaker Saleh, Iraqi Mother, with my love.
©2013 by Alice Walker

In our despair that justice is slow

we sit with heads bowed




even whether

 we will ever be healed.


Perhaps it is a question

only the ravaged

the violated… Continue reading

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Alice Walker Valerie Boyd 2013

(NEW YORK) – October 7, 2013.  Dawn Davis, Publisher and Vice President of 37 INK/ Atria Publishing Group, has acquired the journals of prize winning author, poet and activist Alice Walker.  Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The… Continue reading

See Video below.  From  NATION OF CHANGE

Published: Friday 1 November 2013

“When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me. I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I… Continue reading

More Sunflowers for Beverly

Today I am in Atlanta visiting one of my oldest friends, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, who directs Spelman College’s vibrant and creative Women’s Center.  We have known each other since our college days at Spelman when the movement to desegregate the city of Atlanta was in full flower.  It has been an amazing half century.  From a city whose… Continue reading


Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.

Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 09:57
Murtaza Hussain

“Nabila, a slight girl of nine with striking hazel eyes, asked a simple question in her testimony: ‘What did my grandmother do wrong?’” writes Murtaza Hussain [Reuters]

It is almost unbearable to think of this grandmother being… Continue reading

My love of story, my enthralled absorption in the study of History, as soon as I realized it existed, my delight in fresh ways of looking at everything, leads me to much of the new information that is becoming available in these amazing times.  This rather short (for him) teaching by David Icke is one I particularly like because towards the end of four… Continue reading

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Sweet People Are Everywhere

©2013 by Alice Walker


For Young Brian Who Is Getting a Passport


Some of the people in Turkey

are very sweet.

Some of those in Afghanistan

are very sweet.

Some of the people in the Americas

are very sweet.

In Canada too

some of the people

are sweet.

In Mexico

you will definitely find

 sweet people.


in… Continue reading

Things We Can Do For Each Other:  Honoring the Hopi by Protecting What They Believe.   AW 

Secret Bids Guide Hopi Indians’ Spirits Home

Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Alain Leroy, owner of an auction company in Paris, surrounded by sacred Hopi spirit masks.


Published: December 16, 2013 291 Comments

The auction in Paris was set to… Continue reading

I am so happy that Nelson Mandela is at last truly free.  I will wave to him as he transforms into Everything around me and on into the Cosmos. What a race to run, Life gave him.  That he made it in such beauty tells us who we are, and who we can become.

“I was called a terrorist yesterday, but… Continue reading

Muriel Rukeyser and I had a terrible, painful parting of the ways, so many years ago now that it seems impossible to imagine that we did. But speaking of  her recently for her 100th birth year celebration,  I found nothing in my heart but gratitude for her kindness, for her efforts to befriend a younger poet just up from the traumatic South, and… Continue reading

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To the Cuban Reader
©2014 by Alice Walker

Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is my seventh novel, and, unless I am mistaken, it is my last. I wrote it toward the close of my Fifth decade; it presents the concerns that, at that time, seemed important to share. First of all, I realized I was older than either of my grandmothers, Kate… Continue reading

Solstice Greetings and Gratitude 2013, or Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Playing Tennis!

©2013 by Alice Walker

2013 was a surprising, even astonishing, year whose revelatory power shows no sign of abating in 2014.  It is as though we are collectively watching an enormous egg, as big as the sun, cracking open to reveal a golden center.  That golden center is Reality. … Continue reading

Alice Walker and Kaleo (2007)

Alice and Kaleo 2007
photo by Vaschelle André of Divine Photography

And When They Spy On Us

For Snowden

Copyright©2014 by Alice Walker

And when they spy

on us

let them discover


loving -

it really doesn’t

matter what we are loving

let it be

an exercise

of the heart.

You can begin


your car -

if that has been

your training.

After… Continue reading

An Iraqi child standing in her parents’ blood  (The NY Times) Photo by Chris Hondros

Confident Anticipation of Joy
©2014 by Alice Walker

How peculiar it feels

to speak about

 health care in America

taking care of people’s


while our government


 the limbs

off children

in far away lands.
And starves and imprisons
not a few of them
at home.… Continue reading

Dear friends,


Thousands of East Africans have been kidnapped by sadistic gangs, and tortured in Egypt’s Sinai until their families pay huge ransoms for their freedom. If we show Egypt’s leaders that this dirty secret is out and damaging the Sinai’s tourism reputation, we can force them to end the horror. Sign now:


Nine months pregnant and in chains, Haben’s*… Continue reading

Our Humanity Unchained:  Jane Goodall and Wounda Soul

Subject: A chimpanzee hugs Jane Goodall after being released into the wild.

A Palestinian child kidnapped from school by Israeli soldiers

The Mother of Trees
©2014 by Alice Walker 

If I could be

the mother of Wind

I would blow all fear

away from you.


If I could be

the mother of Water

I would wash out the path

that frightens you.


If I were the mother

of Trees

I would plant

my tallest… Continue reading

As Our Hearts Break for the people of Syria, Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, the United States, Palestine and so many others… Israeli Youth Take a Stand for What is Right

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014 by Common Dreams

Israeli Youth: ‘We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army’

Sixty young people sign open letter to Netanyahu
announcing their resistance to the draft… Continue reading

A Grievous Wrong Has Been Done To 5 Of Our Cuban Brothers:  Such Good Men Are Hard To Find
©2014 by Alice Walker

It was an odd sensation in London recently to be part of an International Inquiry into the case of the Cuban  (or the Miami) Five. (Two have recently, after serving 15 year sentences, been released).   Since their arrest I… Continue reading

Article source: 33 Literary Geniuses Who Happen To Be Super Hot

I was surprised to find myself on this list, of course.  But, being there, I looked round. Hemingway, for instance, was really cute.  who knew?  Now that barely articulate letter he wrote to Marlene Dietrich makes more sense.  She wouldn’t have been indifferent to such a steady beam of… Continue reading

 by Mañuel Verdecia

it’s not the rock, sisyphus

of demolishing weight

of cutting edges and rough shape

cruelly indifferent to your tenacity

nor is it the mountain reaching the clouds

from where everything looks insignificant

nor is it the stony path winding among thorns

nor even is it the steep descent

or one more encounter with the rock

announcing the painful start… Continue reading

Ecological Wisdom From the Heart of Brazil  (from the coming film)

What a miracle is presented here: more of the revelation of who the Africans were, and, if not destroyed completely by Western “culture,” still are.  Which means, also, who humanity was, what it knew, what it believed, what was the obvious truth for it, before the clouding of consciousness caused by the… Continue reading

Alice Walker IRS Withholding as Protest Against American Funded Wars

My Letter to the IRS

Copyright 2014 by Alice Walker

The Internal Revenue Service
Re: Withholding of partial payment of taxes in protest of Wars funded by American taxpayers
From: Alice Walker

April 15,… Continue reading

The War Against (In this case Semitic) Children

There are almost no words when the war is against children, and against even younger children than presented in videos available to view on Facebook and YouTube.  Unfortunately two videos I had mounted here were repeatedly removed by unseen forces!  At first I was frustrated, then I thought: right: this is hard viewing for most people, they will need time to approach what… Continue reading

Father kissing his Child Alice Walkers Garden

Especially for our daughters
and their families in Nigeria

Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Kiss

©2014 by Alice Walker

Never pass up

an opportunity

to kiss:

the world has ended

& begun again

many times


if we are to believe

the African Bible*

transcribed for

our frightened era

by Credo Mutwa.

Three deep bows.

Yes, never pass up

an opportunity

to kiss -… Continue reading

Maya Angelou Alice Walkers Garden

Maya Angelou was an indomitable spirit of great generosity, kindness, and love.  Her work, both written and spoken, has inspired, and actually helped, the lives of millions.  When I think of tribute, I envision Maya as a kind of General of Compassion, offering an army of words of encouragement.  She was special, she was rare, she was more beautiful than perhaps even… Continue reading

Archie Roach Alice Walker Sydney 2014

Alice Walker and Archie Roach: Sydney Opera House 5/14
Photo by Karen Villanueva 

The Music of Archie Roach

Seams Of Gold:  Was the Gold We Seek Once Inside Us?

©2014 by Alice Walker

Twenty- two years ago, in Adelaide,  at one of  Australia’s literary festivals,  I met Archie Roach.  But did we actually meet?  What would we have… Continue reading

Alice Walker Fidel Castro photo from 1990s

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right, though temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Above photo:  Among other beings of light: two ophthalmologists from NYC, Ramsey Clark, former attorney general of the United States, and Dennis Banks, a founder of AIM, the (North) American Indian… Continue reading


You were so thin.  This is why we were bringing food.


JUNE 2014

Nurit Peled Elhanan draws attention to human rights violations in Palestine
04-07-2014: 2001 Laureate, Nurit Peled Elhanan has drawn the European Parliament’s attention to the background of the killing of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. She has denounced Israeli forces “for 12 hours… Continue reading

In the late Eighties I bought a then isolated house within view of the ocean in the very upscale environment of Costa Careyes, Mexico.  I was drawn to the area simply because it is beautiful and has some of the most extraordinary houses on the planet.  It is also an eleven miles long nature preserve, with turtles and tejones (badgers), and several exquisite… Continue reading

Octavia Butler Alice Walkers Garden Website

Many years ago I read Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred, about a time traveller who returns to the past to visit ancestors who were enslaved; because I was apparently born with an ear turned to the lingering whispers of my own ancestors, it affected me deeply.  I have now finished listening to my second novel by Butler, The Parable of the Sower, and… Continue reading

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

by Phyllis Bennis

July 16, 2014

The Nation

Our movement isn’t strong enough yet to end US enabling of the carnage in Gaza—but the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step. Now we just have to escalate our own work to get on to that next stage.

Gaza Woman walking past Mural
A woman walks past a mural… Continue reading

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For all of us who are suffering so deeply now, fearing our faith in humanity has been cruelly misplaced, even lost, there will always be the poets, and poetry itself to remind us of how big Life is. How long. How like the Anaconda, with its twists and turns. Interrogating every “wisdom”, bearing every grief, every feeling of impotence, the dreaded sense that loving… Continue reading

Letter for Gaza Cartoon AWG Post July 23 2014

Letter from Gaza 

Ellen Cantarow
July 23, 2014
Le Monde diplomatique – English Edition

Ellen Cantarow reports on the email Dr. Mads Gilbert sent to friends July 19 from Gaza. “The last night was extreme.

The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur. He had… Continue reading

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s AMERICANAH is one of the best novels ever.  I “read” it on audio (Recorded Books) which made  it even more satisfying. The reader skillfully creates all the right languages, dialects, and accents of dozens of characters, female and male.  I was initially put off by the Nigerian/Ibo sound.  Only to discover half way through the book that hidden… Continue reading

Don’t Give Up (Beautiful Child, Other Self)
©2014 by Alice Walker


What they will pretend not to know

When you are injured

Is how ugly you feel now.

It is hard to imagine living

Without a part

Of yourself.

Every other working arm or leg

Or eye

Or foot

No matter who owns it

Will arouse your envy.

You will hate yourself

For… Continue reading

Alice Walker and Huda Naim, Palestinian member of parliament and mother of five  2010 in Gaza

 Talking To Hamas
©2014 by Alice Walker 

Huda Naim, democratically
elected official,

I do not know how it goes with you

and  your children

but every day I am thinking of you.

Did you know that before we left the US

 our government spokespeople… Continue reading

Don’t Break Your Heart Again, I Couldn’t Bear It. – AW

She’s In: Anti-Racist, Anti-Imperial Feminists Against War

August 21, 2014

By Zillah Eisenstein

Hillary Rodham Clinton (un)officially entered the 2016 presidential race in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine. Much has been said of her criticism of the Obama administration’s Syria policy and… Continue reading


The Language of Bombs

©2014  by Alice Walker


Dearest Zainab,

Whenever my country bombs your country,

I think of you.

Which means you are frequently on my mind.

I often think of the bombers

And how little they can see

Of what is below them.

Many who returned

From earlier “missions”

Said it was only later,

When they went back

And saw the… Continue reading

Photojournalist James Foley  1973-2014

The Iron Age, The Age of Sorrow

for Yusuf

©2014 by Alice Walker

Where do we go when we die?

the little child asked.

And the Ancient One who lives

within all little children said to her:

You go to the very same place you go to

each night when you fall asleep.

And therefore the parents of James

the… Continue reading

A friend sent this beautiful poem by Palestinian poet Samih Al Qasim.  The poem below "When a Poet Dies" is written for him. -AW

A friend sent this beautiful poem by Palestinian poet Samih al- Qasim; the poem “When a Poet Dies” is for him.
Travel Tickets

“The day I’m killed,
my killer, rifling through my pockets,
will find travel tickets:
One to peace,… Continue reading

©2014 by Alice Walker
for  Carl Dix and Cornel West

It is still hard to believe
that millions of us saw Eric Garner die.
He died with what looked like a half dozen
heavily clad
standing on his body, twisting and crushing
especially his head
and neck.
He was a big man, too.  They must have felt
like clumsy midgets… Continue reading

Kaleo and Alice, Robben Island 2011

At The Door Of Pollsmoor Prison

for Kaleo,  for Madiba

©2014 by Alice Walker


When we arrived at the door of Pollsmoor prison

we were already deeply stirred

and sat a while outside

calming ourselves before going in.  Me, breathing deeply,

you holding Madiba’s image in consciousness

so that walking in you might more completely

 … Continue reading

 Alice and Rebecca, Careyes, the mid 1980s

Making Frittatas
©2014 by Alice Walker

For Rebecca
Ten years is a long time
and I have missed you.
I thought of this
this morning as I commenced making
a splendid (it turned out) frittata.
You taught me how to do this.  After ten years during
which I assumed you did not cook – time… Continue reading


Miko Peled and Alice Walker Northern California 2013

The Prize Itself 

Poem for Miko 
©2014 by Alice Walker 

There are many awards
that are not worth receiving;
they can be handed to you
by someone whose other hand
is stabbing you in the back.

Worse I think
is to receive an award
for bravery
from  someone who is a coward… Continue reading

Shiloh and Sue in front of the Mona Lisa, Paris, 2014


There is more to come, but here is an offering of spirit to tide us over.  Sue’s body was cremated this morning at eleven o’clock.  Drums sounded from her hillside, and mine, and from the trees came the sweet trumpet sound of Amazing Grace, blown with all his soul, by Kaleo Larson.


Child Hunting

More than 180 Palestinian children have been kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces in the past 45 days.
The only Hebrew-Arabic kindergarten in Jerusalem was burned last night and covered with Death To Arabs grafitti.
Razan,11years old child, died today after preventing her from leaving ‪#‎gaza‬ <>  for treatment

Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan
telefax: ++972-(0)2-5700112 <tel:%2B%2B972-%280%292-5700112>
Mobile:… Continue reading

An Elder Speaks

Depopulation Blues
©2014 by Alice Walker

It makes you think
of years gone by
when we dreamed
whatever we could not imagine:
but we could never, useless eaters, have dreamed or imagined
this.  Maybe we could have done a better job
of imagining it
if we were different beings
and not so forgiving of the coldness
that has always been our… Continue reading

What is to be done?  Who is to do it?

©2014 by Alice Walker

My friend says to me:
But what can we do?  Already giving up.
To be aware is already something,
I say.  Consciousness rarely
leaves us unmoved. Or unmoving.
And so it is with this revelation
of what has been happening
to our children, all of them,
and… Continue reading



I said yes to the invitation to speak at the recent EARTH AT RISK event in San Francisco because I deeply respect Vandana Shiva, Derrick Jensen, Chris Hedges, and the members of Veterans for Peace and The Winter Soldier who also participated.  I did not read these notes because of time constraints, I share them here for those who might find them… Continue reading

©2014 by Alice Walker

If the murder of our youth is considered insignificant to those in American society who make the laws, those of us who love the children, and their parents, and ourselves, must awaken to the reality that the political system we find ourselves prisoners of must be abandoned. What is to be done?

This question is approached with courage, dignity, and clarity… Continue reading

3 years since the murder of Abir Aramin, 10 years old.

Abir Aramin was shot in the head but nobody shot her

Please also read, A Propos IASA Letter of Refusal

Nurit Peled-Elhanan writes…

On Sunday 10 July 2011, 8 Tammuz, the legal seal of approval was given to the book “The King’s Torah” [1] by The High Court of Israel that ruled… Continue reading

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Bob Nesta Marley, Siempre 
To Win (for Bob Marley’s birthday:  February 6th)
©2015 by Alice Walker

Be what they do not want:
Be thoughtful.
Be skilled at loving.
Be of good heart.
Be of the world tribe.
Who torments
The sacred
Rest of us
Lacks confidence
In his own
To stand
Even poor
And sing.




 This photo is called:  Surprised Iranian Children


Mongers of War

©2015 by Alice Walker

Are you awake yet?
How awake are you?
Do you know what War is?
How well do you know?

Do you know how devoted
Are to War?

How they love it?

More than mothers and babies.
More than grandkids.
More than fresh water and clean soil… Continue reading

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©2015 by Alice Walker

Who knew death would be like this?

A young boy considers reconnecting a limb
And looks down thoughtfully
At an eye.  An eye that looks
Casually around Paradise
Which turns out to be

Who knew
We would learn so much… Continue reading


By Manuel E. Yepe

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

At the end of World War II, the United States was in much better
material condition than the rest of the world. It, therefore, had the
opportunity to be at the forefront of a world of peace and justice,
truly globalized and in solidarity. But the… Continue reading


New Poems To Welcome Spring!

© 2015 by Alice Walker


Morning In the Village
©2015 by Alice Walker

This morning
In the  village
Where I live*
I saw an old man
Leisurely painting an old
Two- and –a- half foot high
Metal milk can.

He was serene,
as passersby
Strolled or rode their

At first I did not comprehend
How simple… Continue reading


The duty to support the BDS movement

Nurit Peled-Elhanan.

EP laureate  of the Skharov prize for human rights and the freedom of speech


On the 15th of April 2015 the Israeli supreme court approved the bill defining as criminal offense the call to boycott Israeli institutions and organizations or people who… Continue reading

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If I Was President

(Were for those who prefer it.)

©2010 by Alice Walker

( from Hard Times Require Furious Dancing)


If I was President

The first thing I would do
is call Mumia Abu-Jamal.
if I was president
the first thing I would do
is call Leonard Peltier.
if I was president
the first person I would call
is… Continue reading

Why “Womanism” Exists:  Hillary Clinton

and the Old World Order

Artículo en español

Added Feb. 2016: Hillary Clinton’s Empowerment

Hillary Clinton isn’t a champion of women’s rights. She’s the embodiment of corporate feminism.


US Department of State / Flickr


Assuming Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, much of her popular support will… Continue reading


Michael Jackson Gives a Talk

©2015 by Alice Walker


At the oddest times
Sometimes in the middle
Of the night
I hear Michael Jackson’s voice,
The one you only hear
On YouTube:  They don’t care
About us, he is saying.
And repeats:  They don’t care
About us.
He delivers a lecture
Who knew he even
Talking about the old music… Continue reading


©2015 by Alice Walker


The old experienced ones
Never said
You must marry.
They never said
What will your husband think?
There was always so much
Work to do
Offering advice on this issue
Seems to have slipped their minds.

And so when I did marry,
A few times
By last count
I realized there was something
Called Marriage
That might happen
In… Continue reading

Shall We Go Down Asleep?



 Or Awake?

Until I met the historian Howard Zinn, at seventeen, I had never encountered a white person, especially a white man who identified as white, who didn’t seem frightening.  I had every reason to feel this way, as history proves.  There were of course “white looking” people, my mother’s midwife buddy and her family,… Continue reading

A good teacher never quits.

That Is Who I Thought You Were

©2015 by Alice Walker

Tell me please
Why are you not speaking?
When we stood together
In our bloodied land
You raised your voice
And stood beside me.
Now I wait
And wait
For you to say
One word.
They tell me it is because
You are afraid.
They say it is because… Continue reading



Edited by Tobe Levin

I met Tobe Levin in London at the 2013 premier of Pratibha Parmar’s Beauty In Truth, a film about my life.  Sure enough, on the back cover of this book there is a photograph of us looking happy to… Continue reading

Robert Emery Hemenway (August 10, 1941–July 31, 2015) Alice Walker


The Fiesta of Rediscovering America: An Open Letter To Robert Hemenway, Passing: 1941-2015

© 2015 by Alice Walker


Dear Bob,

Since I was a child I’ve wondered where the spirit goes when people die.  So I’m wondering where yours is now, whether you’re in transit, resting, or already back (wherever back might be) continuing on your never-ending journey.  This is one… Continue reading

ROSENWALD, UN FILME DE AVIVA KEMPNER   Los amigos le cuentan a los amigos, de otro modo ¿cómo podrían saber? Una vieja amiga reapareció campantemente en mi vida para alejarme de un par de intimidantes acantilados y me contó sobre Rosenwald, el reciente filme acerca del comerciante y filántropo judío, codueño de Sears Roebuck, quien durante los 1920s y 1930s se convirtió en una leyenda entre las personas negras del Sur. ¿Por qué? Porque él era la fuerza detrás de la construcción de miles de escuelas para niños negros en esa parte del mundo. De hecho, por lo que sé, debe haber inspirado la propia escuela que construyeron mis padres y nuestros vecinos luego quemada totalmente por blancos del lugar. Trabajando conjuntamente con Booker T. Washington del Instituto Tuskegee hasta su muerte, Julius Rosenwald ayudó a las comunidades negras a construir más de 5 000 escuelas. Proporcionó $25,000 por escuela, la comunidad negra reunió otros $25,000 y los últimos $25,000 se recaudaron entre blancos con los dineros y la visión para estimular la educación entre descendientes de las personas esclavizadas sobre cuyas vidas robadas se había alzado su propia prosperidad. ¡Un plan brillante que funcionó!   Los negros de cada lugar levantaron a mano cada escuela. Y, tal como sucedió en mi propia comunidad, antes de yo nacer, cada vez que quemaban una, ellos construían otra.   Vimos el filme en un cine junto con otras seis o siete personas. Esto suscita la pregunta de cómo asegurar que suficiente gente vea una película que plantea una respuesta para un problema social apremiante. En este caso, nuestras vergonzosas escuelas públicas. ¿Por qué no seguir el ejemplo de estos grandes hombres y mujeres y construimos y dirigimos nuestras escuelas nosotros mismos?   Lo hemos hecho en el pasado y lo podemos volver a hacer.   No queremos cárceles para nuestros hijos, queremos luz y aire, lugares para soñar y jugar, buenos maestros, seguridad todo el día, ¡personas que les sonrían en cada esquina de los terrenos y edificios! O incluso les frunzan el ceño, ¡pero de forma amable! (A ustedes les gustará lo que Maya Angelou dice al respecto). La de Angelou es una de las muchas voces enérgicas, sinceras, preocupadas en este filme. Ahí están Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, Rita Dove, John Lewis, junto a artistas, poetas, músicos, pintores y bailarines. ¡Llegamos a oír a Marian Anderson cantando! (Ella es maravillosa. Imaginen cuán envidiosas deben haber estado aquellas Hijas de la Revolución Americana, una noción risible en sí misma.)   Mientras tanto, deténganse en la compasión serena en los ojos de Julius Rosenwald. Vean cómo una persona rica se vuelve aun más rica al darle a los otros. Sucedió que, hacia el final de su vida, Rosenwald sintió que el tiempo que pasó construyendo escuelas para los niños negros y compartiendo con sus nuevos amigos del Sur se hallaba entre lo mejor de su vida.   Pero además vean este filme por la increíble belleza de las personas negras. Esa chispa especial de alegría y franqueza, e incluso de gran postura, que parece habérsela llevado el viento. ¡Para nuestro pesar! (Aquellos de nosotros que incluso lo recordamos.)   Hay secuencias de película que jamás supe que existían. Es gozoso comprobar cuán bella le gente blanca puede ser cuando son verdaderamente nuestros amigos y, a pesar de las consecuencias, que pueden ser nefastas, deciden arriesgar lo bueno si llegan tiempos riesgosos por permanecer con nosotros.   Esta página puede necesitar corrección, La estoy publicando ahora porque, en dependencia del lugar, este filme puede desaparecer de los cines antes de que sea adecuadamente apreciado.         ELEVANDO LA EMPATÍA: ALICE WALKER, POSEER EL SECRETO DE LA ALEGRÍA Y EL MOVIMIENTO GLOBAL PARA PROHIBIR LA MUTILACION GENITAL FEMENINA (FGM)   Corregido por Tobe Levin Conocí a Tobe Levin en Londres en el estreno de Beauty in Truth (La belleza de la verdad), un filme de Pratibha Parmar sobre mi vida. Por supuesto, en la contraportada de este libro hay una foto de nosotras donde nos vemos felices de estar juntas. Debido a que el evento estaba colmado, y jubilosamente ruidoso, no comprendí lo que Levin me estaba diciendo sobre un libro que se publicaría, el cual ella editó, que se centraba en mi labor acerca de la mutilación de los genitales femeninos (FMG, en inglés). Dos años más tarde, alguien cuyos zapatos hechos a mano admiro, me envió un par de sandalias de tirillas doradas que había hecho para mí, junto con dos copias del libro de Tobe Levin.   Hay cosas maravillosas que están sucediendo en este mundo, cosas sorprendentes; me encanta pensar que todo el mundo finalmente recibirá sus zapatos de baile. Sentía que había recibido los míos, mientras abría este tomo de ensayos de estudiosos de todo el mundo que se prestaron para apoyar la lucha de Tashi, la mujer que decide sufrir la mutilación genital en Possessing The Secret Of Joy (Poseer el secreto de la alegría) y, por extensión, de todas nuestras hermanas y niñas por millones que, debido a la mutilación de sus genitales, son propensas a soportar toda una vida de padecimientos físicos y psicológicos.   Cada ensayo en torno a la novela, sin importar el país, es enjundioso, profundo, serio, atractivo. Me gusta que este buqué de acercamientos llegue a los estudiantes o a cualquier lector de forma que permita que la mutilación genital, sus victimas y sus perpetradores se comprendan más fácilmente. Después de todo, es la comprensión no el castigo lo que buscamos, ya que nos percatamos de que todos en una cultura pierden cuando los gritos de una niña herida caen en oídos muy adoloridos como para oír.   Hay espacio para distintos puntos de vista, también, si deseamos, finalmente, ver con claridad.   Tres inclinaciones completas. Tres ovaciones enérgicas.   Continue reading

Don’t be fooled by “Inclusive Capitalism” It’s

still a disaster!

By Cynthia McKinney

(en español)

Signs of Deep Awakening ….AW

United States one dollar bills are inspected under a magnifying glass during production at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington
 © Gary Cameron / Reuters


According to its website, Inclusive Capitalism, every corporation must be a citizen of the society in which it operates. This ensures long-term growth and company health. They even write that “inclusive… Continue reading


                    The Island That Sleeps Like a Wing, Cuban poet, Nancy Morejon


By Manuel E. Yepe

A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.

In less than twenty years, three Popes have visited Cuba. This is
something really surprising when you consider that this archipelago is
a… Continue reading


Be On YouR


                    End Police Terrorism

             Embrace Black Lives Matter

Release All Political Prisoners

 Stop the War on Children





 Happy Tenth Anniversary, Busboys and Poets!

Greetings Everyone, I was on my way to be with you tonight, but did not want to risk being trapped, in mid journey, with my partner and small dog, by Hurricane Joaquin.  Andy (Shallal) tells me the danger seems past, and I am happy for all of you who made it.  You are very lucky.

Greetings… Continue reading

Palestinian: ‘I shall sing and continue what I’ve started’

Indystar, October 17, 2015

My Facebook feed is filled with terrifying videos. Fadi, a 19-year old Palestinian youth, is chased by a lynch mob of Israeli settlers in Jerusalem screaming for his death and is shot, execution-style by Israeli forces. Ahmad, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy is shot by Israeli police in an illegal Israeli settlement… Continue reading


October 2015



©2015 by Alice Walker

They will always be
More beautiful
Than you
The people you are killing.
You think it is hatred
That you feel
But it is really envy.
You imagine if you destroy them

We will forget

How tall they stood

How level
Their gaze
How straight their backs.
How even the… Continue reading

After Attacks, France Increases Its Commitment To Refugees

Nation of Change


What Sanity Looks Like.

Eiffel Tower photo - Alice Walkers Garden

Wherever You Are Grieving

©2015 by Alice Walker

It does not matter to me:
Wherever you are grieving
Whether Paris, Damascus, Jerusalem, Bamako,
Mexico or Beirut or New York City
My heart, too, is bruised
And dragging.
There used to be such a thing
As melodrama
When feelings could be
Made up,
But now there is bare pain
And sorrow,
A sense of endlessly missed… Continue reading



Talking About Paris To A Five Year Old

©2015 by Frank Barat


I had a pretty fascinating chat with Ted, my 5 years old son, this morning when he woke up. I am sharing this because while I have no problem trying to explain what happened in Paris, how it came about…to adults, I struggle with my… Continue reading

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2015 The Year of Changes

©2015 by Alice Walker

Grace Paley, the writer of great short stories, named two of her collections The Little Disturbances of Man and Enormous Changes At the Last Minute.  I think of these titles now as 2015 comes to a close:  how we as humans imagine disturbances in our tiny lives might weigh in on the cosmic scale,… Continue reading

By Manuel E. Yepe

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

It has been repeatedly said that the American people are the only ones
who could perform the Herculean task of bringing down the most
powerful and bloodthirsty empire ever known to humankind. Humanity
anxiously hopes to see the US people act, and will provide… Continue reading

The Sympathizer Book Cover Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen


Was the Civil Rights Movement a politically orchestrated distraction from the wars on the citizens, lands and cultures of yellow people half a world away? We were distracted, some more than others, by assassinations and hangings, fire bombing of cars and houses, and the humiliating back and forth “progress” of “integration” via the long torturous march of… Continue reading


A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

Another novelty introduced by the campaign of Democratic Party
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in his bid to win voters for his
candidacy is the complaint made about the sad role of candidates and
the media interested in sharpening antagonisms between candidates
based on purely personal or trivial… Continue reading

Miko with Alice WalkerMiko Peled and Alice Walker

In this post, Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, laments the death of Muhammed Ali and wishes he had stayed a while longer with us.  I feel the peace that comes when a person who has given his or her all in the cause of what is right passes away and is… Continue reading

en español

In these times of woe, trust in what you love that loves you back

©2016 by Alice Walker

And though I’ve been there only once, for such a brief visit (!) I have a warm place in my heart for Brazil.  It is its people, first and last, who seem to me different in some quite unidentifiable but definitely encouraging (of humanity)… Continue reading

Loving, A Film 2016








You’ll just have to take my word for it.  I’m overextended and my dog is ill, so I can’t go into all the reasons I’d like you to experience the… Continue reading


Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil
Narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker

A film by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read

A documentary film about the Candomblé religion in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived culture which evolved from the days of enslaved Africans. Elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded… Continue reading

Universal Condemnation of the US Economic Sanctions against Cuba

Salim Lamrani
Université de La Réunion

Once again the international community has rejected the economic sanctions strangling the Cuban people.

For the twenty fifth consecutive year, the UN General Assembly expressed its condemnation of the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for more than half a century.  The obsolete sanctions… Continue reading



and for Raul

©2016 by Alice Walker
I am grieving
for Fidel; I am bereft
because he left us.

Yet, after decades
of offering support
to more doubtful
and less confident souls
who called to him from his own country
and around the suffering  globe
wasn’t it time… Continue reading


Photo of Alice Walker Sandals on stairs by blue wall

 Photo by Alice Walker

I Am Happy To Report I Am Not Going Anywhere!

©2016 by Alice Walker

for Joan

I am happy to report
I am not going anywhere!
That I am stuck like glue
to this house, this window, this bed.
To this view, that tree,… Continue reading

En español
Sobonfu Somé Alice Walker Garden

Sobonfu Somé

You left us on the day women all over the world
Are rising.
Well, you rose too, sweetest
Of sisters.
You rose and I can see you smiling
As you returned to the village
Of Dano.
The ancestors
Who, as they are wont to do,
Asked far too much of you,
Are there to receive you.
I hope they are!
For… Continue reading

It is a great experience to find one’s self taken over by a book, and that was my experience of BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah.  There’s no more fascinating a relationship between mother and son anywhere, to my mind, than that between Trevor and his mother, Patricia. I can only wonder if she finds it as priceless as I do.  … Continue reading

En español, Lee y Firma El Llamado a la acción para detener a Trump y Pence antes de que asuman el poder


I love the truth of this woman.  She has always been standing where she stands now.
Even though times are hard, how lucky we are to see this
and to know what we are seeing. -AW


Read and Sign… Continue reading

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What To Do With The Mind?

©2017 by Alice Walker

I have not been this depressed since President John Kennedy was assassinated; no, I have not been this depressed since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.  No, I haven’t been this depressed since Malcolm X was assassinated.  No, I haven’t been this depressed since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.  No, I haven’t been… Continue reading

En español

Photo by Dorothea Lange



©2017by Alice Walker


Somewhere on this green earth
your parents are still alive;
why we thought parents ever died
is a mystery.

your father is still working
like a beast;
your mother, her shoes a joke, still washing
by calloused hand,
someone else’s filthy clothes.

You thought you had escaped… Continue reading

En EspañolLarge old green tree in field of flowers photo on Alice Walkers Garden



In the Language of Love
(Turning a poison into medicine)

©2017 by Alice Walker


For all those who remind us how this works.
Pretty soon we might all be niggers -
A just karma is beginning to
snow down upon us.
Maybe you will be happier then:
to find you can indeed
live on your knees
and sometimes create… Continue reading

An Evening with Alice Walker

Thu, May 25 from 7:30 – 9:30pm EDT Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate our exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 with acclaimed poet, novelist, activist, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker in this intimate lecture inspired by her life’s work and the exhibition. Walker won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983… Continue reading

Ley Alice and Jung en Español

A Role For Psychoanalysis In Healing the Trauma of Female Genital Mutilation?

Photo of Carl Jung post to AWG AliceWalkersGarden 2017

Carl Jung

As the subject of Female Genital Mutilation returns to the minds and hearts of many, with the news that it is being practiced in the United States, I wanted to offer a perspective that is not ordinarily discussed: that of the role psychoanalysis might… Continue reading

En español

Photo by Laura Balandran


at the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco

June 28, 2017

Arundhati Roy, irrepressible and truly brilliant, read from her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and Alice “interviewed” her for a lively full house of mostly, it seemed from the questions later, Indians.  Who knew there were… Continue reading

Leer el poema en Español, Mi Riqueza Neta Según Internet


My Net Worth  

According to the Internet

©2017 by Alice Walker


Learning from the Internet
That I have a net worth
Of 300 million dollars
Only 15 million
Short of Beyonce’s
Alleged stash,
I understand
Why I am petitioned
So frequently
For funds.

If I had 300 million dollars
It would… Continue reading

What is Wisdom? Where Can it be Found?

It is such a blessing to have magnificent teachers!  Two of them I fantasize having an intense conversation for the world to overhear happen to be Irish (American), which can’t be – given Ireland’s history – a true coincidence.  Michael Meade, mythologist, so beloved for all he brings, and Ken O’Keefe, a former Marine, for… Continue reading

For Heather Heyer and her mother.

With love, from Alice

Rompe Mi Corazon De Nuevo
Emaciated Buddha on Alice Walker Garden Website

Break My Heart Again
©2017 by Alice Walker

September 2017

for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya People

We travelled far
To stand before your door
A door we could not see
Our taxi driver
And all of Myanmar
Too frightened
To whisper your name.

My companion* brought
His trumpet
And though he did not dare
Endanger our driver… Continue reading


Strike!  Dolores Huerta

A Virgin de Guadaloupe, with Children

©by Alice Walker 2017

DOLORES, the movie

Some recent movies have been overwhelmingly encouraging, like the “horror movie” Get Out.  A film so remarkable in its psychic resonance that few can say just what it is that makes us know it is, at root, not so much about horror,… Continue reading

Robert Allen, Rosario Ortega, Unrecalled Kind Person, Alice, Daniel Ortega
Managua, Nicaragua, mid- Eighties


Leaving Managua

©2017 by Alice Walker

You were never to know,
until now perhaps,
that I was weeping
as my compañero and I
left Managua
all those years ago.
We had witnessed the graceful dignity of your people
that they held inviolate
against the brutality inflicted on them
by our… Continue reading

En español

never caught book cover alice walkers garden 2017-09
It is a delight to know that Never Caught is being taken up by readers as food for the merciless journey of our people in these United States.  Erica Armstrong Dunbar has pulled off a feat of major proportions.  So much so that I just learned her book was long listed for a National Book Award.  All awards… Continue reading

Leer esto, Una Leccion: Nunca Vayas Por El Mercado, en español

Lesson:  Never Wander Into the Marketplace
After a Silent Retreat.
Or During.  Which Is What I Just Did.

Copyright ©2018 by Alice Walker
Perplexed by signs for “bookstore” and finding none, I wandered once again down the path beside the new community building.  I saw folks going in. I had… Continue reading

The Temptations Berkeley Rep Alice Walker Website 2017-10-03

A dozen of us took ourselves to see Ain’t Too Proud, The Life and Times of The Temptations, now playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley.  It was wonderful.  And so was the audience, which grooved along song after song as if they remembered, as most of us did, the moment each melody first startled and swooned our hearts, all those years… Continue reading

Or Were You Once A Child?

©2017 by Alice Walker

If you were once a child
Remember how it was
When the big men
Who were not smiling

Came for you?

They were not soldiers
But uncles, fathers,

It was their bigness
That scared you.

Now they are coming
Six feet tall
In full battle gear;
You have nothing
Or maybe a… Continue reading

En Español


©2017 by Alice Walker


I never experience October 9th
Without giving thanks
For John Lennon
Someone who had his head
On straight.
This year was no different;
I miss him still.
Perhaps he and Medgar Evers
Viola (Liuzzo:the Italian-American
 Who came to help);the black
Women and men with no marker
To name them; Bobby, Martin,… Continue reading

A Branch:  Sexual Assault In the Present Time

©2017 by Alice Walker


Decades later I would undertake
As a course of personal study
Why they told us nothing
Whatsoever about it.
We entered puberty so ignorant
That when we bled
The euphemism
Was that we had been visited
By a red bird.
An odd sock, hopefully
Might be used
To staunch
The… Continue reading

It Is Our (Frightful) Duty

©2017 by Alice Walker

To Study The Talmud

©2017 by Alice Walker

The first time I was accused

Of appearing to be anti-Semitic

The shock did not wear off
For days.
The man who charged me
Was a friend.
A Jewish Soul
Who I thought understood
Or could learn to understand
Almost anything.

He could not understand
Why I… Continue reading

Ayobami Adebayo Baileys Women Prize Fiction 2017 Alice Walkers Garden

Stay With Me is a fabulous novel.

Ayobami Adebayo has made such a moving commitment to fierceness and truth that the tenderness that emerges also in her characters is as welcome as a spring shower.  What a heart this writer has; how it renews our hope for a world in which it can continue to thrive.

 Best, I think, on Audible.

I… Continue reading

Leer en español

 I Live Now As If I Will Never See You Again

Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker

I live now
As if I will never see you again;
I should have been living
This way all along.

Here is a cure for every kind
Of impatience
& Irritation;
Every anticipation
Of regret.

I love you as I love the fields
That I… Continue reading


the color purple cynthia erivo joaquina kalukango alice walkers garden

Word that the Texas prison system has banned The Color Purple this week, made me wish to share the thoughts below.  I am off to a silent retreat in hopes of “re-setting” myself. Otherwise I would have found a great picture to go with this!  Well, imagine your family, with all the wild… Continue reading

Movie Coco boy guitar Alice Walker website 2017-12

A Good Prayer For Starting One’s Day In These Times …

Humans are amazing.  Thank You

For Making Us! 

Whoever or Whatever You are,

Of whatever Dimension or Frequency!

Thank you for giving us Ourselves to enjoy!

For instance, I went last night to my local movie palace in Oaklandia (as Frida Kahlo… Continue reading

Ley Es Aquí y Ahora; Quizás Lo Hayas Notado 

It Is Here Now; Maybe You Have

Noticed It

Copyright © 2018 by Alice Walker

You could always tell
Where it was going:
Free thought was always
Going to be cornered,
Caught, held captive
By those
With Everything
To hide.
We are never given
Anything healthful
Or truthful
By those who have
Traditionally… Continue reading

Somebody Died for Us: 


Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Alice Walkers Garden Remembering Martin Luther King 3

We are the Ones We have been Waiting For

Alice Walker speaking about Martin Luther King, Jr (start time 9:37 to 39.25 end time)

Atlanta, Georgia

Nobel Peace Prize Martin Luther King

MLK at Home Martin Luther King Jr Alice Walker Remember

MLK Alice Walkers Garden Remembering Martin Luther King 1

     Poema De Primavera

    Photo by Alice Walker

    Spring Poem 

    Copyright 2018 by Alice Walker

    For daisy, zinnia, petunia, jasmine, rose, tenzin, rebecca, rachel, braxton, auden

    The seed from last year’s garden

    Has been scattered

    By the wind.

    When I return in Spring
    Tiny green faces
    Are everywhere.

    Some have landed
    As we might too
    In dry
    & rocky

    But mother has returned… Continue reading

    Happy Birthday to the Incomparable Alice / Alicia, con mucho cariño <3

    I heard this song the other day and it reminds me of you and wanted to share it with you

    Some wonderful photos I found of you

    The song is “Gracias a la Vida”

    Translation of this rendition:


    Thanks to Life, which has given me so much
    She gave me… Continue reading

    by Alice Walker, Casa Madre, Mexico 2018


    Israel’s Chief Rabbi calls black people ‘monkeys’*22 March 2018 |

    One Wise Saying
    Of the Ancestors
    Is Worth More Than a Thousand

    Waters HR8 WAPO Ad 2018-03

    One Wise Saying
    Of the Ancestors
    Is Worth More Than a Thousand

    ©2018 by Alice Walker

    For instance:

    “I’ve been called
    but a child
    of God.”… Continue reading

    Osho en ser un sufí: admirando el país salvaje, salvaje, de Nexflix

    11 August 1977 am in Buddha Hall


    ONCE a learned Mohammedan came to me and asked, ”You are not a Mohammedan, then why do you speak on Sufism?’ I told him, ’I am not a Mohammedan, obviously, but I am a Sufi all the same.’

    A Sufi need not be a Mohammedan.… Continue reading

    Sonam Wangchuk: An Ice Fountain Brings Water to the Himalayan Desert


    by Teresa Krug

    “I’m working on [how to adapt to] life without glaciers. I’ve already started experiments to see what can be done with very little rain. I won’t go into details, but this is about mixing the sandy soil with clays and humus to make any rain that falls on it last… Continue reading

    Parte Final Desde Laos


    Final Dispatch from Laos
    by Mai Der Vang

    Concerning our hollow breasts,
    Lice factions multiplying in our hair.

    Concerning our unused stomachs,
    Molars waiting to chew, taste buds

    Obsolete. By then, we won’t remember
    We’re alive. We’ll be the soil covered

    In mines. Concerning last night’s
    Attack, seven dead, five injured, four

    Gone missing, three arms. Concerning
    A forest in… Continue reading

    This appeal from a Senator had one bright spot: he is a Senator. With a heart.


    US Senator with a heart Alice Walkers Garden




    Dear MoveOn member,

    I’m U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, and I believe that in America, we must never intentionally inflict trauma on children.

    And that’s why I’m writing to you today.

    At a Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, I witnessed something that is now seared into my… Continue reading


    We Can Know the World is Changing When the African Woman Freely Speaks Her Mind, Globally.  YouTube.

    The Dr. Mumbi Show is a single black woman, from Kenya, East Africa, teaching.

    Dr. Mumbi is fascinating to watch and listen to; she is brash and vivid, bursting with the sometimes good news she is telling us, even though it might paradoxically be some of… Continue reading

    Sacándose La Flecha Del Corazón


    An Evening with Alice Walker & Desert Rose

    World Peace Day

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    7:30 PM

    “In this time of sorrow, when so many are reeling from the pain of earth loss, of beauty’s destruction, of oppression and challenge of every sort, I have felt encouraged and spiritually supported by the music… Continue reading

    Erigiendo Un Monumento Al Soldado Confederado Que No Quiso Ir A La Guerra

    Actual Confederate Boy Soldier War Photo Surrounded by Flowers Alice Walker 2018-08-24

    Raising A Memorial To The Confederate Soldier Who Did Not Want To Go To War

    for Larry.

    Copyright 2018 by Alice Walker

    I have been so impressed by the black women who are at the forefront of the effort to remove the statues of Confederate soldiers from public squares and college campuses… Continue reading

    Temples of Peace

    This is why.



     © 2019 by Alice Walker


    Someone wrote about The Color Purple that it is a novel of permanent importance.  This was such a lovely way to think about it!  I was charmed.  Even though I realize permanent might not be that long. However, while I was reading Michelle Obama’s book BECOMING I felt the same way: that it is a… Continue reading

    LOS BUENOS Para Hugo Chávez

    The Good Ones

    For Hugo Chavez

    March 5, 2013

    ©2013 by Alice Walker

    The good ones
    who listen
    to women
    to children and the poor
    die too soon,
    their lives  bedeviled
    by opposition:
    our hearts grieve for them.

    This was the world my father knew.

    A poor man
    he saw good men come and mostly go;
    leaving behind… Continue reading









    What if you were my son?

    Copyright © 2019
    By Alice Walker
    If you were my son,
    I would wonder
    How you came to say this?
    How you came to make
    It up.  Because, surely,
    It is a fantasy.
    What are you really
    Trying to hide?
    Were you tricked
    By those brothers
    Who… Continue reading

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind AWG 2019 Alice Walker


    Medicine Art: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Copyright 2019©by Alice Walker

    Medicine art has a way of showing up
    just when you need it most.
    And so it is with this great film
    that lets us see man and woman
    mother and father
    children and teachers
    a chief, and politicians,
    as who they really are.  Poor hopeless  folks
    in Africa… Continue reading

    Carta Abierta a Paris Jackson

    An Open Letter to Paris Jackson Alice Walker AliceWalkersGarden
    An Open Letter to Paris Jackson


    Dear Daughter, Dear Paris, Dear Kindred,

    Take a look at this:

    Her lowest moment came in 1948, when a vindictive neighbor accused Hurston of sexual relations with her 10-year-old son. The charges were patently false — Hurston had been in Honduras at the time, and the boy was mentally unstable — but she… Continue reading

    Leyendo a Evan Osnos: La Era de la Ambición: Persiguiendo la Fortuna, La Verdad y La Fe en La Nueva China


    China Lands on the Far Side of the Moon


    Reading Evan Osnos: The Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

    ©2019 by Alice Walker

    When I visited China in 1983 women held up half the sky. … Continue reading

    A wish for you. -AW

    Harriet Wilson Our Nig Book Jacket Cover

    READING “OUR NIG” (Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black) DECADES LATER

    Copyright 2019 by Alice Walker


    Our Nig, the 1859 novel by Harriet E. Wilson, is the saddest book I have read.  It was challenging to read as a young woman. Decades later, I find I must read it in fits and starts. Grief… Continue reading

    Two males outdoors at protest Free Julian Assange protest signage


    © 2019 by Alice Walker

    for John Shipton

    I’ll see you when your troubles
    Get like mine… lord, lord,
    I’ll see you when your troubles
    Get like mine.

    I was thinking about this song
    While watching Julian Assange’s
    Being interviewed
    By 60 Minutes Australia.
    The woman interviewer
    Wanted him to
    Admit… Continue reading


    Más Pruebas: ¡Somos Quienes Hemos Estado Esperando!

    South African Flags Waving Crowd People South African Flags Waving Crowd People Silhouettes Sunset Clouds AliceWalkersGarden 20190522 Blog Post Insult to South Africans

    More proof:  We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For!

    Sometime in the late 1980s or early 90s I was arrested for- I believe, not recalling specifics- insisting that the University of California divest holdings that supported the Apartheid state of South Africa. One joy in the event was being held in custody with the… Continue reading

    Film Trailer [2:30 min]

    RENEGADE: THE LIFE STORY OF DAVID ICKE, a #1 documentary film in England and climbing the charts in other countries. An example of perseverance over daunting odds from which we might draw strength.

    Do we need strength? We do.

     Beautifully directed  by Stephen Peek and gracefully edited by Maria Demeshkina Peek.  Music by Jake Hull.


    Be Nobody’s… Continue reading

    You Died, And Then I Understood Charlie Larson Walker

    Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France 

    You Died, And Then I Understood

    Copyright © 2019 by Alice Walker

    Charlie Larson Walker/June 17, 2019/3:15 AM

    You died in my arms, and yes,
    My heart felt crushed.

    Another dog, much younger than you,
    Was frisking about
    As dogs do.
    I was annoyed. How dare she live… Continue reading

    The author Julian Aguon with Hawaiian activist/artist Meleanna Meyer

     Everyone Must Go

    ©2019 by Alice Walker

    It is a great sadness that any American should be denied entry to Palestine, and particularly those, like Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who wish to go in solidarity with the people, one of them a relative, a grandmother, not simply as tourists.  Years ago, a… Continue reading

    El artista verdadero nos habla a lo largo del tiempo 

    The True  Artist Speaks To Us Through Time (Alice with her dog, Mbele, SF,  the 90s)

    Excerpts from this essay appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal.

    © 2019 by Alice Walker

    The place where I was born is as beautiful today as it ever was; at the curve in a highway… Continue reading


    This piece turned up on my computer the day I was reading about the new film Queen and Slim; in which  both main  characters are black. Really.  I’m not sure where it is published; it seemed perhaps a timely look at how we might honor both our sounds and our looks.

    Why write Speech you will never hear again?

    To… Continue reading

    Para Los Indigenas

    In the 16th century, when Portuguese settlers arrived in Brazil, there were about 3 million native people living there. Now there are only about 1 million. Indigenous peoples make up 1% of Brazil’s population. Here, an indigenous man sits on a scorched branch.

    Giorgos Moutafis / Bild / Sources: BILDIBGEFunai


    For the indigenous 2019-10-11 Alice Walkers Garden


    For… Continue reading